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THE VALLEY OF THE NILE.
THE PTOLEMIES.
ALEXANDRIA.
CLEOPATRA'S FATHER.
ACCESSION TO THE THRONE.
CLEOPATRA AND Caesar.
THE ALEXANDRINE WAR.
CLEOPATRA A QUEEN.
THE BATTLE OF PHILIPPI.
CLEOPATRA AND ANTONY.
THE BATTLE OF ACTIUM.
THE END OF CLEOPATRA.

described, but which seemed to him specially to favor his designs, and 

arrangements were made for having him invested with the regal power by 

the Senate. The murmurs and the discontent of the people at the 

indications that the time for the realization of their fears was drawing 

nigh, became more and more audible, and at length a conspiracy was 

formed to put an end to the danger by destroying the ambitious 

aspirant's life. Two stern and determined men, Brutus and Cassius, were 

the leaders of this conspiracy. They matured their plans, organized 

their band of associates, provided themselves secretly with arms, and 

when the Senate convened, on the day in which the decisive vote was to 

have been passed, Caesar himself presiding, they came up boldly around 

him in his presidential chair, and murdered him with their daggers. 

 

Antony, from whom the plans of the conspirators had been kept profoundly 

secret, stood by, looking on stupefied and confounded while the deed was 

done, but utterly unable to render his friend any protection. 

 

Cleopatra immediately fled from the city and returned to Egypt. 

 

ArsinoŽ had gone away before. Caesar, either taking pity on her 

misfortunes, or impelled, perhaps, by the force of public sentiment, 

which seemed inclined to take part with her against him, set her at 

liberty immediately after the ceremonies of his triumph were over. He 

would not, however, allow her to return into Egypt, for fear, probably, 

that she might in some way or other be the means of disturbing the 

government of Cleopatra. She proceeded, accordingly, into Syria, no 

longer as a captive, but still as an exile from her native land. We 

shall hereafter learn what became of her there. 

 

Calpurnia mourned the death of her husband with sincere and unaffected 

grief. She bore the wrongs which she suffered as a wife with a very 

patient and unrepining spirit, and loved her husband with the most 

devoted attachment to the end. Nothing can be more affecting than the 

proofs of her tender and anxious regard on the night immediately 

preceding the assassination. There were certain slight and obscure 

indications of danger which her watchful devotion to her husband led her 

to observe, though they eluded the notice of all Caesar's other friends, 

and they filled her with apprehension and anxiety; and when at length 

the bloody body was brought home to her from the senate-house, she was 

overwhelmed with grief and despair. 

 

She had no children. She accordingly looked upon Mark Antony as her 

nearest friend and protector, and in the confusion and terror which 

prevailed the next day in the city, she hastily packed together the 

money and other valuables contained in the house, and all her husband's 

books and papers, and sent them to Antony for safe keeping. 


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